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Iran rejects any new N-deal proposed by US and France

Iran rejects any new N-deal proposed by US and France

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected any hopes of rewriting a nuclear deal with world powers yesterday, after the leaders of the United States and France suggested a new pact covering Tehran’s missile programme and regional interventions.

Chemical Weapons: Inspectors take samples at second site in Douma

Chemical Weapons: Inspectors take samples at second site in Douma

Inspectors with the global chemical weapons agency on Wednesday visited a second site in Syria's Douma and took samples to help them determine whether banned toxic munitions were used there.

Syria donors fall short without US aid, warn of cruel end-game

Syria donors fall short without US aid, warn of cruel end-game

International donors raised $4.4 billion in emergency aid for Syria and its neighbours on Wednesday, but the total fell well short of the UN target for 2018 after the United States failed to submit a pledge.

Palestinian journalist shot at Gaza protest dies of wounds

Palestinian journalist shot at Gaza protest dies of wounds

A Palestinian journalist shot two weeks ago by Israeli forces on the Gaza border has died, Israeli and Palestinian sources said Wednesday, the second journalist killed in a month of unrest.

Kuwait orders Philippines ambassador to leave in domestic workers dispute

Kuwait orders Philippines ambassador to leave in domestic workers dispute

Kuwait on Wednesday ordered the Philippines ambassador to leave within a week and recalled its own envoy for consultations after embassy staff tried to "rescue" Filipino domestic workers amid reports of abuse.

Israeli ex-policeman jailed for killing Palestinian teen

Israeli ex-policeman jailed for killing Palestinian teen

Defendant Ben Deri had earlier confessed to the negligent manslaughter and aggravated injury of 17-year-old Nadim Nuwara - less serious than the full manslaughter charge he originally faced.

Rouhani questions 'right' to seek new nuclear deal

Rouhani questions 'right' to seek new nuclear deal

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday questioned the legitimacy of demands for a fresh nuclear agreement with Tehran, after the leaders of the US and France called for a "new" deal.

Iran at UN offers dialogue to end ‘hegemonic illusions’

Iran at UN offers dialogue to end ‘hegemonic illusions’

Iran invited Gulf countries yesterday to open talks on regional security, telling the United Nations it was time to move away from “hegemonic illusions” that have fuelled devastating wars.

Nasrallah wins top Arabic literary prize

Nasrallah wins top Arabic literary prize

? Jordanian-Palestinian author Ibrahim Nasrallah has won the Arab world’s top literary prize for The Second War of the Dog, a dystopian novel that explores brutality and extremism in society.

UN envoy pleads to save Idlib from fate of Aleppo

UN envoy pleads to save Idlib from fate of Aleppo

The UN’s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura yesterday urged the world to prevent a fresh humanitarian disaster in the rebel-held region of Idlib, as officials warned aid funding was running “desperately short”.

Egypt's former anti-graft chief gets 5-year jail for spreading false news

Egypt's former anti-graft chief gets 5-year jail for spreading false news

A military court has sentenced Egypt's former anti-corruption chief to five years in prison on charges of spreading false news harmful to the military, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Damascus fighting kills 18 pro-regime fighters

Damascus fighting kills 18 pro-regime fighters

At least 18 pro-Syrian regime combatants have been killed in 24 hours of fighting in southern Damascus against the Islamic State group, a monitor said Tuesday.

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